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Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  1,153 ratings  ·  145 reviews
A stunning new approach to how individuals can not only change their lives for the better in the workplace, but also their lives away from the office, including (but not limited to) finding ways to improve one's working relationship with others, one's overall health, outlook on life, and so on.

For example, why is it that 95% of all diet attempts fail? Why do New Year's Re
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Hardcover, 262 pages
Published April 11th 2011 by Business Plus (first published January 1st 2011)
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Ryan
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Erica
As far as books I've had to read for work, this one wasn't bad. I've read worse (namely From Good to Great) but I've also read better (Hello, Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard)

This one aims at helping you overcome habits you want to break, to change attitudes that keep bringing you down, and to make better decisions when planning your life. Well, in general, at least.

I liked the anecdotes more than the advice, but that's usually the case. I am better at gaining information from st
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Taka
Read it with the Influencer--

In this book, the authors of The Influencer apply the model of changing human behavior to changing YOUR own behavior, from kicking a bad habit like smoking to losing weight.

Their argument is basically this: if you know the six sources of influence and align them to your advantage, you can pretty much change anything about yourself.

And their model is an incredibly powerful tool—you're basically missing out if you don't know them.

In short, the six sources are:

1) Person
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John
As the subtitle suggests, Change Anything is about applying what we know from science to changing things we're unhappy with in life. The case studies pointed to emphasize certain areas of life that people commonly want to change--getting ahead at work, diet/fitness/weight loss, substance abuse, personal and professional relationships--but the real idea is to get to the underlying forces that help us to change, well, anything. Although willpower and building it are a part of the book, willpower i ...more
Pulkit
This is a great book, really, but requires you to be serious beforehand. It begins with breaking down the myth that willpower and determination are the sole criteria for one's success and behavior. There are invisible (unless you try to see) forces influencing every action you take and thereby designing your future without you knowing. It sounds creepy, almost as if some devil, say Satan, is planning your future and you have non control over it. But that's the core point of this book - you CAN ...more
Jay
Change Anything provided methods to accomplish personal change. While similar to many other self-help books out there, the pointers felt more rigorously defined and backed-up. Part of that feeling, I think, is that it seemed like the authors mined studies on addiction to come up with their personal change strategies. I dislike repeating things in a book, and this one repeated, of all things, a web site and password multiple times. It also repeated the name of the author's consulting company too ...more
Cody
Synopsis:
A stunning new approach to how individuals can not only change their lives for the better in the workplace, but also their lives away from the office, including (but not limited to) finding ways to improve one’s working relationship with others, one’s overall health, outlook on life, and so on.

For example, why is it that 95% of all diet attempts fail? Why do New Year’s Resolutions last no more than a few days? Why can’t people with good intentions seem to make consistent and positive st
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Tresuiri
For the audio book, I didn't care for the author's casual tone. It was probably to connect to the average joe who is theoretically picking up this self help book, but it rubbed me the wrong way. This book is somewhat simplistic; it can be summed up in one phrase: apply the scientific method to your problems. They do share a couple of insights, i.e. our culture leads us to believe change is only a function of will power. And, like the movie "It's a Wonderful Life", we are all connected to the peo ...more
Ahmad Alkouh
الكتاب يقدم لك طريقة متكاملة لتغير عادة او طبع معين تعتقد بأنك لا تملك الارادة لتفيرة.. سواء كان انقاص وزن او ترك التدخين او غيرة..

الكتاب مبنى على فكرة اساسية بان الارادة هي عامل واحد بين ست عوامل اساسية نحتاجها في التغير. و هذا العوامل تنبع من اما مصدر شخصي و داخلي او من تأثير الاخرين ممن هم حولك او من تأثير النظام الذي حولك.

فعلا انصح به من يفكر ان يغير من نفسه
David
This is a book with useful information about changing, and affirms that willpower alone doesn't lead to change; Otherwise it wouldn't be so difficult. Two of the best pieces of advice involve distancing one's self from the factors that lead to negative accountability and "inverting your economy", where you provide incentives both for successes and in consequence of failures.

This book, especially in the audio format, reads like an extensive infomercial for VitalSmarts, the company that owns the w
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Deb
A very good read that teaches the steps and systems to put in place for lasting change in any area. The first half of the book sets up the systems--giving the research behind why the steps they work and the second half takes common areas people want to change--lose weight, stop an addiction, improve a stalled career, get out of debt, improve a relationship and shows how the steps were applied. I found it very useful for my health coaching and myself. I'll be reviewing it in more detail on my blo ...more
Alissa
I like books that give concrete action steps. This started out with some fascinating experiments and hooked me right away when they said it wasn't about willpower. I found myself nodding as they described the 6 drivers of change. I liked how at the end they provide case studies for hot topics in change (career, weight, addiction, debt).

My big complaint and the reason this got 3 vs. 4 stars is that the authors kept referring you to their website for forms, and more tips. While this kept the book
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Andy
The tone of this book is a Gee Whiz! corporate sales pitch for the authors' consulting company. I find this extraordinarily annoying. Also the "new science" isn't new at all; it's just the public health model of behavior change, where you take into account not just the specific behavior but also the whole person and their physical/social environment. The "research" by the "Change Anything labs" is stuff like marketing surveys; their website does not point to any published science backing up thei ...more
Abrar_abdullaha
#كتاب
#غير_أي_شيء

لمجموعه من المؤلفين العظماء والمشاهير وهم #كيري_باترسون #جوزيف_جريني #ديفيد_ماكسفيلد #رون_ماكميلان #آل_سويتزلر



هذا هو الفن وهذا هو الإبداع
وهنا أستطيع أن أقول
(بداية التغيير وبداية تطوير الشخصية)

بإختصار أفضل كتاب قرأته في تطوير الذات!!

مدهش ممتع ومفيد جداً..جميع الدقائق والثواني التي قضيتها في قراءته كانت تعود علي بفائدة وتضيف لرصيد معلوماتي الكثير.

يتميز الكتاب بإسناد حقيقي لكل معلومه ذكرت فيه و ذلك عن طريق إسناد المعلومة لعديد من الأبحاث والإحصائيات الحديثة فهو ليس مثل بعض الكتب
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Evelyn Doyle
This had some good points, but could have been effectively told in a fraction of the space. Possibly even a couple of pages, if all the narrative was stripped out to leave concise bullet points. There were a lot of long-winded case examples, all following the same template. (I listened to the audiobook edition, so found this particularly frustrating as my time and attention leaked away between useful snippets of information.)

Rather than put the time in to read this book (or to listen to it, whi
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Ben Willmore
I could not listen to more than 10 minutes of this audio book. The author assumes you're a human that has yet to experience the world in that he assumes he can keep your interest by discussing things that are so obvious that it's like saying that you'll notice an arm extending from your body... and then go on to describe what a body and arm is and how that's going to be an amazing change. I simply could not listen to it.

I'd much prefer to re-listen to other books such as Brain Rules, The Brain
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Sundar
Great book. If the teachings of this book are applied well then most of the problems can be handled well. It is not going to be easy but the benefits of using this books principles are far reaching.
Sandy Parsons
I really like the idea of using default bias and loss aversion to your advantage. Mainly because I'd really like to know that one day I might put my unfathomable depths of laziness to good use.
Ruthmgon
This is a book you can read, or you can do. Like any good self help, this one gets you to re-think your previous patterns. I tend to sometimes just read these kind of books and not take advantage of all the bonuses. Because I got a new edition, there are further benefits in the barcode -or a code only for this copy- that allow you access to the support of the website etc.

The best idea I have learned so far from this is that willpower alone will not help you succeed. However you can actively tun
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Emily
Patterson, et al., identify Six Sources of Influence that work together to motivate our behaviors and, therefore, need to be adjusted when we want to make a change. They arrange their Six Sources in a matrix with three categories (Personal, Social, and Structural) with two facets each (Motivation and Ability). Using all six of the sources, rather than just one or two, greatly improves your chance of success. And the authors go in to great detail on specific tactics for each. For example, under S ...more
Laurie
If you're interested in personal change, I can't imagine you'd find any clearer, more action-oriented resource than this one. This book's unique take: not one, but six different categories of approach must be tailored to your own personal situation and temperament, then employed, monitored, and adjusted if you want the best chance at making any lasting change.

The authors draw on years of research in the field of personal change, in addition to their own current studies, to offer many ideas for
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Dave
This book takes a very practical and realistic approach at making desired changes in our lives. Rather than rely on just willpower, we need to take a holistic look at a wide range of influences. We then need to align these influences to help enable us to make the desired change.

The book provides numerous examples of not only different changes, but different ways in which people have modified the influences to help make the change possible. These are real-world, doable examples to which we can ad
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Mark Vandervinne
I've read a ton of self-help books. This is arguably one of the best.

It's not a motivational book to inspire and get you moving. It's not a vapid self-affirmation book or one with silly pundits that don't mean squat. Most of these kinds of books give you simple quotes or sayings; i.e. "The past does not equal the future." or "Inspiration comes from perspiration." Some tell you in vague terms what to do or how to be; i.e. "Don't look for heroes. Be one." or "Commit to your own personal code of c
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Greg
I appreciated the counsel in Change Anything and have already used it to good effect in my weight loss efforts. The book is an extension of concepts and ideas first encountered in their book Crucial Confrontations, building on and applying the six source framework of motivation and ability. It also incorporates ideas found in Influencer, such as the roles of critical moments and vital behaviors, the need for positive deviance research, and so forth. However, where Influencer deals with large sca ...more
Emily
I am reading this for my work book club, and so far it is interesting and it seems like it is going to be a good book for discussion.

Finished this book and thought it was a really good book about skills to build when desiring to change something in life whether losing weight, kicking a habit, improving job performance, saving/strenghtening a relationship, etc. I really like how it minimizes the importance of "willpower", which is what most people think is what they most need in order to change.
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Heather
This was a great book! It's a lot like Influencer: The Power to Change Anything but it takes on a much more personal tone and gives examples of how to overcome personal challenges by employing the same six sources of influence:
* Personal Motivation - Love What You Hate
* Personal Ability - Do What You Can't
* Social Motivation and Ability - Turn Accomplices into Friends
* Structural Motivation - Invert the Economy
* Structural Ability - Control Your Space

In order to be successful in progressing at w
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Lindsay
How many of us have set out to lose weight, conquer an addiction, or improve a relationship and failed. How many of us have blamed that failure on the lack of willpower? Yup. Me too. More than once!

Patterson and his cohorts, however, argue that willpower is just one, rather small aspect of what keeps us from changing things in our lives, and it is not genetically given. So willpower is not our answer, it's a trap. What does affect our ability to make changes in our lives? Both our motivation and
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Scott Taylor
A non-fiction book on how to improve behavior. Most examples were on conquering unhealthy habits with higher level thought, planning, and practice. Finances, relationships, diet, exercise, and addictions were described as being products of various influences. Internal personal influences and social influences were described as factors to be assessed for change. Routines for changing the patterns were described as a means of encouraging new good habits to replace old bad ones.

I only found the spe
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Heather Branstetter
This book breaks the art of persuasion down into a self-help book that is actually useful, once you get over the tone, which felt to me like the authors were condescending. A more generous reading would call the tone "accessible," but it took me some getting used to. I listened to the audio version, and in that edition, you can hear one of the authors literally talk down to you. I appreciated that it is science-based, and that the authors discuss experiments and research along the way.

The author
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Heather
Why is it just so hard to change bad habits? This book attempts to answer this question and, more importantly, teach readers how to use the brain chemistry that creates bad habits to make good ones instead. The authors present six "sources of influence"--personal motivation (what we want and why); personal ability (our natural strengths and weaknesses); social motivation (how others' beliefs influence us); social ability (how the things other people do affect us); structural motivation (how thin ...more
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